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Red State Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
October 16, 2011
Red State indicates a new level of boldness in Smith, resulting in his best film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 12, 2011
It's a really strange film, terribly violent on one level and on another filled with lengthy, long-winded philosophical discourses and blind alleys
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
October 12, 2011
In its efforts to accommodate Smith's argument the storyline gets decidedly messy. The slacker has become didactic and it doesn't suit him one bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
MovieFIX
October 12, 2011
Red State is a bit unpolished - a timestamp appears just once and completely without reason, for instance - but the film has bite and purpose, and it's gripping to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film4
October 12, 2011
Kevin Smith's best film ever? If it's not, it's damn close. And if you don't know who Kevin Smith is, don't worry: this film's a blast, Smith fan or no.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony O'Connor
FILMINK (Australia)
October 11, 2011
A somewhat return to form for director Kevin Smith, this flawed but strangely compelling indie flick is refreshingly unpredictable.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 11, 2011
An impressive departure for Kevin Smith...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 10, 2011
Although the plot "twists" somewhat derail the narrative and send the picture into a tailspin, credit must go to Smith for providing plenty of surprises. Red State is not so much scary as it is shocking, but shocking it most definitely is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
October 10, 2011
Kevin Smith shoots action like a boss. Who knew?
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
October 9, 2011
For those who believe self-styled indie filmmaker Kevin Smith to be a one-trick pony - and there are many - this curious horror-thriller will come as something of a shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 5, 2011
Deftly offsets its grindhouse excesses with an undercurrent of black humour, some adroit social satire and a string of strong performances that help Smith negotiate the unsettling plot developments he includes to keep audiences on their toes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Watts
Uncut Magazine [UK]
October 5, 2011
Even in its most off-kilter moments, the performances carry it: Goodman and Parks, particularly, are superb.
Peter Bradshaw
Observer (UK)
October 2, 2011
It becomes crude, equal-opportunity comedy...
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 1, 2011
Gripping and edgy, and all the performances are outstanding
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 1, 2011
Unadulterated rampant ugliness illustrated by vio
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 1, 2011
One of the most grotesque films of 2011...
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 30, 2011
Scatters its plotlines all over the place and doesn't seem able to match its comedy with the parodic blood-letting.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Boxoffice Magazine
September 30, 2011
Ugly characterizations and simplistic preachiness negate the terror in Red State-a film that eventually proves horrific in ways unintended by writer/director Kevin Smith.
| Original Score: 1/5
September 29, 2011
Its cynicism both cultivates and dissipates the bouts of humour in one of Smith's most radical yet frank pieces of film-making yet that throws out a collection of controversial ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 29, 2011
This is Smith's best film for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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